***Currently, volunteer positions for all three summer sessions in 2017 are full. You are still welcome to fill out an application if you want to be put on a waitlist should something become available. Thanks so much for your support! If you’re looking for another way to help out our programs at GRA, and are able to, please consider donating $5 or $10 to our donations page here.***
Our volunteers are essential to the success of our summer camps, and we are always looking for more! Below is a description of some of the volunteer needs. You may fill out a volunteer form here.
If you are a previous camper and want to be a youth leader intern, please use this form.
Camp Volunteer Positions
Instrument Instructors (music experience required). Instructors must have basic and/or advanced knowledge in the instrument they are teaching and must be prepared to teach students with widely varying levels of experience and learning styles. Some students will have never had day of practice in their life, and others will have been playing for several years. Having experience working with kids in a school or camp setting is a plus. We’re looking for instructors who can teach the following:
This position is typically M-Th mornings.
Band Coaches (music experience required). On the first day of camp, campers form their bands, and each band is assigned a coach. The coach will facilitate each band practice and help the band members prepare for their live performance at the end of the camp. The coach will guide campers in all aspects of working in a band: setting up, songwriting, learning to play as a group, group communication, and stage presence. They should also be prepared to mediate disputes, and model positive feedback and communication skills. This position is typically M-F afternoons.
Counselors (music experience not required). Counselors serve as mentors to the campers and must be available throughout the entire day. Counselors will also be assigned to a band, along with the band coach, and they will monitor the campers’ progress and needs. In cooperation with their band coach, counselors support youth through their time at camp, help campers resolve conflicts, and provide encouragement. Experience working with children in a school or camp setting is a plus. This position is M-F, 9am – 5pm.
Workshop Instructors (music experience not required). Instructors will teach various short classes based on their interest and experience. These have included but are not limited to: Women Who Rock, Screenprinting/Band Art, DJing, Healthy Communication, Zine Making, Stage Presence, Gender and Identity, Media Literacy, Unusual Instruments, Yoga, Recording, Self-Defense. Music Video, and Songwriting. Experience working with children in a school or camp setting is a plus. Instructors are generally responsible for creating their own curriculum and preparing their own materials, but resources are available to help build curriculum. This position can be a 1 hour commitment for one camp day, or a 1 hour commitment for all five camp days, depending on topic.
Roadie Roadies are needed for setting up the weekend before camp, and breaking down instruments and equipment on the evening of the last day of camp. This typically involves moving gear from our storage space to camp site and back again, or setting up classrooms for camp. If you can only volunteer a few hours, the set up and break down are where we are always in need of the most help!
Support Team (music experience not required). This is a larger subset of roles indirectly helping make camp happen. The support team helps with camper check in and check out, lunch and snack duty, jumping in to help out in other roles as needed. Members of the food team will be in charge of obtaining food donations, picking them up, planning and helping cook meals, serving, and cleaning up. They may help with camper snacks and making sure that the students who qualify receive their free lunches, as well as keeping track of food allergies. Front desk team helps greet and take attendance of campers, as well as helps with camper dismissal. Front desk helpers may also guide any campus visitors to their destination, and alert Programming Staff to any absences or late arrivals. Floaters/general help responsibilities may include running quick errands like picking up supplies. This support team is essential to keeping GRA running, and we could always use more help in this area!! These positions are flexible.
First Aid/ Counseling Services. We are always looking for volunteers with first aid and CPR training to be on site at camp, as well as those with backgrounds in social work or counseling. If you are volunteering for one of the above positions but also have experience in this area, please let us know!
Although Girls Rock Austin generally cannot pay the talented, hardworking people who volunteer with us, there are limited, need-based stipends available for the above positions. Please contact [email protected] with questions about volunteering during camp.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin
Economic Development Department.